Born: Established: 17 Jan 1899 Ealing, London,
The Oxford Companion to Australian Literature (1994) lists Shute's place of birth as Middlesex. The Dictionary of National Biography 1951-1960 asserts Ealing, London as the birthplace. This seeming anomaly is due to the fact that in 1965 the county of Middlesex was divided between Hertfordshire, Surrey, and Greater London, with most being incorporated into Greater London. At the time of Shute's birth, Ealing was in fact part of Middlesex.
(Source for historical geographic information: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names On Line, http://www.getty.edu/research/tools/vocabulary/tgn/)